DIY Father’s Day Gifts He’ll Actually Enjoy

A DIY guide for gifts for Dad

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer


Father’s Day is a big deal. You want to show your dad just how much you appreciate all his hard work and effort. Getting the right gift is important and of course, something handmade is always a good idea. It shows you care enough to toil and labor away for him, just as he does for you and your family. So get ready to find the perfect DIY gift for Dad.

1. Bacon Salt

What man doesn’t like bacon? The smell of bacon cooking makes a person feel good. It means a home cooked meal that is sure to taste good! For the bacon lover Dad, this salt is perfect. He can sprinkle it on anything to give it an instant flavor boost. This project doesn’t take long to make either. A win-win! Click on over for a great tutorial.

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Photo courtesy of tarynwilliford.com

2. Cord Roll

For the tech man on the go, there is nothing more frustrating than untangling his cords when he wants to use his electronics. Ugh! Save him a big hassle by    making this nifty cord holder that neatly rolls up. It’s easy to make and, more importantly, say to use. Make him several so he can keep all those cords organized. He’ll think of you every time he uses it.

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Photo courtesy of brit.co

 

3. Whiskey Bottle Tiki Torches

Bamboo torches are for sissies! Plus, they never last more than one season. Give him some super cool tiki torches made from old whiskey bottles. This completely unique gift will make him super cool at the next BBQ.

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Photo courtesy of manmadediy.com

 

4. Tripod Camping Stool

I can testify first hand just how convenient these little stools are. Lightweight and easy to pack, a tripod stool makes a great gift for any dad who enjoys sitting around a fire.

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Photo courtesy of design sponge.com

 

5. Mustache Mug

Mustaches are all the rage right now. If your dad doesn’t sport one, just make him one! You can make it clean and classic like this mug or go for a bushy, more Magnum, P.I. vibe. Plus, he’ll always know which mug is his at work.

 

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Photo courtesy of fromthetortoiseandthehare.blogspot.com

 

6. Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream

The naturalist man will love this. The ingredients aren’t hard to find and you can pronounce everything that goes into  it. Plus, shea butter is very  moisturizing so it will leave Dad’s skin soft after a shave.

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Photo courtesy of foodformyfamily.com

 

7. Firewood Tote

While he might not be able to use it right now, he’ll be thanking you once winter hits. Make carrying firewood less of a chore with this handy firewood tote.

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Photo courtesy of HGTV.com

 

8. Shrinky Dink Tie Tacks

Who doesn’t love shrink dinks????? Children will have a blast making these as well (just make sure they’re supervise!). You don’t have to stick to tie tacks. The possibilities are endless with this one.

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Photo courtesy of ohhappyday.com

 

9. Tres Lamp

Don’t let him strain his eyes anymore. Make this hip table lamp to illuminate his desk.

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Photo courtesy of instructables.com

 

10. Give Him the Remote

Let him have his remote and eat it too with this look-alike cookie. You might want to let him use the actual remote, too!

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Photo courtesy of somewhatsimple.com

 

11. Comic Book Coasters

Getting him to use a coaster might be a little easier if it has his favorite comic on it. Make him plenty so he doesn’t have an excuse.

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Photo courtesy of modpodgerocksblog.com

 

12. Custom Engraved Mousepad

Replace that generic mousepad with one that lets him know how much you love him. You can keep it simple with #1 Dad or engrave a favorite saying of his.

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Photo courtesy of abubblylife.com

 

13. Beer Cake

The awesome things combined into one. Beer + Cake. Load him up with his favorite brew in creative presentation.

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Photo courtesy of girlsgonefood.org

 

14. Homemade Beef Jerky

Seriously. This stuff is way better than anything you’re gonna find at the supermarket. Wow him with flavor and make him a snack he’ll want you to keep making.

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Photo courtesy of artofmanliness.com

 

15. Swiss Army Key Ring

No more jangling keys bouncing all over. Give Dad a key organizer to keep things easily accessible and up his coolness factor.

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Photo courtesy of instructables.com

 

16. Whiskey, Carmel, Marshmallow, and Bacon Bark

Need I say more?

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Photo courtesy of endlesssimmer.com

 

17. Black and Tan Beer Soap

Beer isn’t only for drinking? Who knew? Give him this soap to remind him of one of his favorite things.

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Photo courtesy of soapqueen.com

 

18. Bungee Cord Organizer

These organizers are sure simple to make and are very handy. You can use them for a variety of different things. Make him a couple because he will surely find a use for them all.

Photo courtesy of brit.co

Photo courtesy of brit.co

 

19. Magnet Board

He can display all his favorite memories on this cool board and change them out anytime.

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Photo courtesy of whipperberry.com

 

20. Vintage Photo Pillow

Bring back childhood memories with this creative pillow. Or stick a family photo on there.

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Photo courtesy of polkadotchair.com

 

21. A Dad Book

There isn’t something incredibly cute and hilariously funny when children write about their parents. Give him a precious memory with this book that’s written from his children’s perspective.

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Photo courtesy of eighteen25.com

 

22. Hand-Stamped Handkerchiefs

For the dapper dad who is always wiping up tears and kissing boo boo’s.

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Photo courtesy of papernstitchblog.com

 

23. Carved Leather Bracelets

Capture your child’s handwriting forever with these sweet and hip leather bracelets.

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Photo courtesy of lilblueboo.com

 

24. Bicycle Lunch Bag

This is a great gift for a dad who cycles. He can strap this lunch box on and he can take a cold snack anywhere he goes.

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Photo courtesy of evilmadscientist.com

 

25. Magnetic Bookmarks

Bibliophiles will love these bookmarks. They’re super handy to have and are a very useful.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

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